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#Yiakl With Disunity

Ten people lived in a room with a leaking roof. The rain wouldn’t stop, and the floor became wet and slippery. On several places the water accumulated and formed ponds. The small room became uncomfortable. The people used cups and spoons to scoop the water and managed to clear the ponds. But an hour later, the pools were full again and they started to scoop it again. Do you think they have solved the problem?

Unity is strength. An Amharinya adage says, “a set of weak threads could tie and immobilize a lion”. The importance of unity is recognized by all cultures, by all human beings. In fact, all human beings emphasize that peace, stability, and development cannot be ensured without unity.

In the Eritrean context, unity has been a central theme throughout our history, particularly in our recent history since the fifties of the last century. I do not know of anyone who is against unity. Alas, to some, unity means submission and compliance to the will of the powerful. That is the kind of unity the PFDJ has been advancing throughout its existence.

No doubt the common Eritrean yearns for unity, not only as a tool to achieve political goals, but for superior goals as a means for the advancement of state of the nation. In short, the unity monster has remained elusive. And though we have been pursuing the goal of unity, it has become similar to chasing a mirage. Sadly, our energy and  resources are being wasted in scooping the pond with cups and spoons instead of sealing the leaking roof.

Eritrean unity, particularly among the justice seekers, can only be achieved when we learn to hold a large basket, fill it with all Eritrean ethnic, religious, regional, and partisan grievances, and recognize it as a container of our entire national problems. Once we have all the national problems in one basket, and we attend to it as an inseparable set of problems, we will be on the right path to embark in the journey of resolving it. However, if we consider the disjointed grievances as separate problems, we will remain amateurs, and we will never be able to address our real national problem. Worse, we will waste our time and resources trying to sort the national problems by focusing on selfish interests at the expense of our scattered issues that will be impossible to resolve.

For instance, if the non-Kunama Eritreans are not interested in the grievances of the Kunama people, and focus on their different self-centered group issues, we cannot claim to have a national concern. Focusing on one’s own ethnic and religious issues at the expense of other issues is selfish and doesn’t serve the national cause.

Sadly, our knowledge of the grievances of people outside our social of geographical confines is appallingly poor. It’s exasperated by our tendency of trying to impose one’s comfortable solutions on others. And that doesn’t serve the goal of unity but pushes it further away.

It’s natural that people from a certain region or social group would be aware of problems that they know about and have internalized. But people from other places have their own problems that they consider more important and a priority.

Sadly, many meetings and gatherings address specific issues that concern the majority of the attendants and sadly again, the meetings downplay and belittle the concerns of others. In such a situation, especially when similar gatherings become a norm, it becomes customary for the same mistakes be repeatedly observed in one meeting after another. Therefore, It’s natural that those who feel their concerns are ignored to lose interest in the events altogether. Then we go back to our favorite pastime: trying to scoop the ponds instead of sealing the roof.

On this occasion, I would like to congratulate the organizers of the Washington, DC, meeting of the #Yiakl movement. Now that the initial meeting is over, I wish we can delve into more serious discussion, an honest and bold discussion to attend to the real Eritrean issues. And I hope the time is ripe for such an undertaking.

The Constitution

Almost two decades ago, the opposition camp was crippled by wedge issues—armed struggle vs. peaceful struggle, accepting the 97 PFDJ constitution or not, traveling to Ethiopia or not. I wonder why similar issues are being resurrected now! But I have an suspicion: some people are busy calculating on how to secure positions and power in post-Isaias era. Isn’t that a bit of an overstretch when the tyrannical regime is still sitting on our chests?

At any rate, the 97 PFDJ constitution is the most divisive and crippling case… and a non-starter. I believe the justice seekers camp would be better off committing to constitutionalism instead of insisting on The Constitution, the specific PFDJ constitution of 1997.

Biniam Bereket and #Yiakl in Asmara

A few days ago, someone posted a picture of a young man on social media and claimed he was shot and killed in a confrontation with the security officers in Asmara, in an Independence Day ceremony. The young man, Biniam Bereket, was allegedly among a group of youth who pelted the guards with stones while shouting #Yiakl slogans. The evidence presented for the news was a public announcement posted on a public board in a street in Asmara. In no time, many people took that news at face value and have been posting and cross-posting the picture of Biniam Bereket on social media.

Whatever the reason for his death, I wish God gives them the patience to deal with their loss and may he rest in peace.

Naturally I am very skeptical about such news, and I have a problem with it. I am not convinced of the assertion, and I would like to challenge whoever spread the news for the veracity of the news.

My suspicion is based on modus operandi of the PFDJ regime. First, the regime will never allow a picture of a man killed in such a situation to be posted in a public space. Second, Asmara is not like Shanghai with millions of residents; it is a small city where the degree of separation is too low–everybody should have known about the incident. And in order to be on the safe side, I tried to verify the news personally, and a few of my friends did the same. I cannot reject it altogether but all of us were not able verify the news. So far, it seems the source of the news is the grapevines, a gossip concocted in the diaspora—a product of “entay yebahal allo”, a propaganda culture that doesn’t subscribe to accountability.

Over the years we have seen people who chose to engage in propaganda and counter-intelligence activities, and they think such information emboldens the opposition and demoralizes the regime. However, I hold the view that such news have short-shelf life, and it is damaging in the long run because it puts the credibility of the entire opposition camp (particularly the media) in question.

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • T. Kifle

    Dear Dis,
    Democracy these days is luxury for us. Ethiopians are worrying about their survival.

    • Dis Donc

      Dear Kifle,
      I am glad that it is Kifle and not some Dechasa, Amensisa…. Not insinuating that you’re deceitful but it’s in abundance in this site without taking anything away from the makers of it! That being out of the way let me then ask; why is your desperation any different than Abij’s, in terms of saving the country? He has to deal with other devils or be devil himself.

      The natural question is then, why was TPLF acting like a dolt, for 27 yrs, knowing fully well the short-comings of the 1991 democracy? Democracy is a covenant where all concerned gather and forge out the rules of engagement. From initial TPLF excluded some groups that could have been detrimental to the then flourishing hope. An Achilles-heel, three decades later, is biting back.

      TPLF, with its then found strength, could have built democratic institutions that could have been unparalleled and set free the country from its persistent shackles. Instead they wasted 1991, like 1974 was wasted. TPLF has to at least show some inclinations that it wants to be part of the solution. Letting some vociferous Eritreans defend it, resembles it to a grotesque political domino player with dirty-nails.

      • T. Kifle

        Dear Dis Donc,
        The only excluded party i know of is EPRP. The gravity of the problem lies in the political divergence of Ethiopians. EPRDF’s political ideology mainly centers at regaining the lost dignity as a result poverty. So much emphasis had been given to put bread on table to the average family. Given what it was capable of the way the party carried itself and steered the country to had been fairly acceptable. But following the death of MZ, new power centers emerged. Many in the EPRDF ranks started combining methods from the camps who were reasons for their extended armed struggle.
        Instead of sticking to their ideals and do what is right, they resorted to populist posturing. By then many of them have capitulated indulging lifestyles.
        Instead of building institutions, they tried to fight rent-seeking through “developmental armies”. Merit lost its currency. Once they have lost their respective constituencies, they opted for the least resistive path: appealing to the extremists and narrow nationalists.
        What we have now is one man show devoid of any vision, strategy and political ideology.
        Facts: TPLF is the least corrupt compared to the other three. The urban legend that accuses TPLF is with the dirtiest fingers is just that: urban legend.

        • Dis Donc

          Dear Kifle,
          Funny that you mentioned corruption and absolved TPLF. Wasn’t TPLF part and parcel of the corrupted to the core system? Were they looking the other side, so long as their power base was safe enough? Please don’t get me started with TPLF and its atrocities, for volumes and volumes can be written and re-written.

          The problem began to surface with its legitimacy in 1991 and thereafter. It being belligerent and extremely hostile toward any group which demanded that it renegotiate the terms of its authority. EPRP was not the only one and you know it. Many weren’t even ready for it…. Even then, why insist in my-way or nothing, knowing fully well that Ethiopians have diverse political point of views? Are they any less Ethiopians? Three decades is long enough to forge a truly working federal system. What does EPRDF, under the tutelage of TPLF, has to show for it?

          Abij and Co. gave you their unfettered support when TPLF (Meles) needed it. Why falter now with Abij? The endurance of democratic leadership (am referring TPLF) is measured by its ability to work under tight condition; and not day and night shouting about “truth.” Because truth is not absolute rather its result depends on one’s point of view much like history written by the victors.

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Kifle & Dis Donc,

            We know what was missed or accomplished in the past as we also know what is lacking at the present. I am summing up what Kifle has articulated to which Dis Donc has responded. But the question that follows is what options does the country has to pull itself out from the uncertainities it is facing. Perhaps hope may be hinged on the election of 2020. But how would the country reach there? Unless the EPRDF reconstructs itself as authentic stakeholder, it seem it is unlikely the run up modalities to the election would get on track. This would require the ODP and ADP to mend fences with TPLF and agree on platform. This could at least constitute an anchor that can hareness the process to accommodate other emerging forces. Peaceful competition and thereby the outcome may usher in a new era of constitutional process toward agreed governance system.

          • Dis Donc

            Dear Ismail AA,
            A group of parties got together and formed a coalition, swearing to lean on each other, rain or shine. Come rain one renegades, retreats to its den and throws tantrum. Labeling one of its own ruining the coalition and the country at large. After all these cannibalistic actions how is one to reconstruct the coalition that faltered?

            That same coalition run the country for three decades, at its whim bypassing a parliament, rendering it function-less. How is that country to be saved? The problem goes much deeper than what we see on the surface and it’s been festering for much longer than we think.

            See you all on Monday as awate is filtered out from our server at work. Don’t ask me why….

          • Ismail AA

            Selam Dear Kifle and Dis Donc,

            What happened in the past and what is going on now are easier to read and form opinions on. Through dialogue, this can help in identifying and setting the problems. The challenging part, however, is how to frame and execute solutions.

            In my view, it would be more practical to uphold what is available – the constitution and state organs – than agreeing on what is not there, and negotiate in good faith how to remove obstacles and formulate policies that can facilitate the way to the anticipated election in 2020. It there would a coherent body at the center, the process of focused transition could be set in motion with democratic involvement of the new and old stakeholder forces in the process. The fate of the next election could be crucial to the country in many ways.

          • T. Kifle

            Dear Ismail AA
            I am completely in sync with your recommendations. If only the kid out there comes back to his senses.

          • T. Kifle

            Dear Ismail,
            First my best wishes of the holiday to you and your loved ones. EID MUBARAK!
            Regarding your valid point on what to be done to have a workable situation and save the country. The only way one can save from the eminent danger of disintegration is constitutionalism. Have genuine rapprochement among the EPRDF parties. Believe in collective leadership. Lead the country only and only through constitutional provisions. Recognize that the states are not extensions of the federal government. They are governments and tempering with their powers only ruin the federation.
            But what we see is the opposite. The Abiy led government is working hard to undo a system built through prohibitive human cost and more or less is accepted by majority Ethiopians. Unless revise his position, the states will follow whatever they think is appropriate to their situation

          • T. Kifle

            Dear Dis Donc,
            Good that you are showing interest in the topic at hand. Let me straight some of your misinformed comments.
            1. I didn’t say TPLF was not corrupt. I said it is the least corrupt compared to the coalition member parties.
            2. Though i have different opinion regarding the “unfettered support” TPLF received in the past, as it stands, it is not the TPLF refusing to cooperate. It is Abiy himself who is not willing to receive cooperation. Though it had oppositions based on his quality of presumed leadership, once he became a chairman TPLF was of the true supporter of Abiy. Why true supporter? The culture of TPLF is it fights you very harsh based on basic principles and practices and once ruled by majority you will get the support you need. So this same story had been the case with Abiy. But because his aim was to destroy TPLF and then subdue the Tigrean people he needed no support from it. In fact he was so vocal in disregarding whatever good is achieved in the past. You have to revise your take on this particular point.

            The rest: in order to judge the ongoing situation , you need to have the information on the next moves of Abiy. He has been creating a situation where it will help him postpone the coming elections. Then, since all constitutional mandates of all government organs will end there, the country will come to a point where it had been in 1991. So states will be dissolved, central government will lead enabled by transitional charter. The federation as we know it today will become history. Abiy will join a party with something closer to kind of republican party that he is planning to morph out of the 100 plus party. Then he enjoys the unfettered power and rule from the center with no opposition in the peripheries. You think TPLF is fool?

  • T. Kifle

    Dear Amanuel H. Paulos , Ismail AA, and others,

    here is a little longer view of me on the ongoing side debate
    If the guy was an ordinary citizen, his lies could have gone unnoticed and harmless. Alas! He is a leader of a nation with complex socio-economic-political needs. To keep it intact, it needs a government headed by a personality with a clean record and work for it with the best intentions in mind. Before anything else though let me state few things about the beginning. Everybody knows the process that propelled him to power was wrong. He came piggybacked on popular anger basically with a discontent arise from the longstanding legitimacy issue of the then OPDO and ANDM in their respective constituencies. They never had a better idea. They probably thought they didn’t need better idea. They needed tools: ESAT, OMN and angry youngsters who have no idea what the future had in store for them. Moreover, they also needed big-brothers as in the markets of political entrepreneurs: they found many and “great ones” at that. They projected that the only party standing on the way is TPLF and every effort was put to make sure that it would be relegated to irrelevance. The little money they bagged in from UAE, IMF and the World Bank made them think that they could relieve the cash-stripped economy, attract FDI and create jobs in the process. Behind the curtain they rejected the developmental policy of the government and in public they tell us that they have not come to destroy the past but to complement it. Abiy, as igo-driven man, poised to etch his place in history by making lion out of his little self. Now what are the problems with this man who was the most welcomed leader in Ethiopian history to only see his support is dwindling by the day? Can be classified roughly at different levels.

    1. He wrongly sees himself as head of state with a presidential veto

    He hardly consults the colleagues who brought him to power. He disrespects norms of the House of Peoples representatives and house of Federation. He also took over the power of the head of state (president). The rapprochement of the peace process with Eritrea is still a secret. He had no mandate to operate on his will with problems of this magnitude and sensitivity. He addresses the nation in religious and national holidays (mandate of the president). He abuses the power of the regional states. He acts like they are accountable to him. The fact is the Federal government is created at their behest tasked to operate constitutionally. As a commander- in-chief, he is tasked to interfere in the states in case of security disruptions and that only at their request. But he keeps interfering in the affairs of almost all the states. When he thinks that something could go wrong he calls regional assemblies and parties to conduct their meetings in the PM’s office. He destroyed so far the state functionaries of all but two: Tigray and Afar. In case of Afar he tried his best. He went all the way to Semera and the elders told him square in his face that “anyone who tempered with Tigray and Afar have not lived to tell the story”, felt insulted, he went back to Addis rejecting the luncheon served in his honor. He tried to appease them by appointing Engineer Aisha a defence minister. It couldn’t change the minds of the Afar leadership. As a result, you have now another defense minister his purpose is not yet known (he is one with the utmost security clearance even beyond that of the PM’s).

    2. Practically Killed EPRDF and the ideals it stood for
    He detests everything EPRDF stands. He dislikes the paved roads, the Education system he helped create, the health extension program praised world over, the afforestation program aggressively pursued and believed to have improved the coverage from mere 3% to about 15% in 27 years(agro-ecologists agree that it is now as it were before about 120 years). He had no idea of the developmental State ideations. He doesn’t see poverty as number one enemy of the nation. He hardly talks about the plight of the poor farmers. For the first time in EPRDF’s rule the farmers will not be provided with ample agricultural inputs.

    3. He broke the security structure of the state

    Believing that the security sector is the strength of TPLF, he decimated it with impunity and made the country vulnerable. He sponsored violence among various ethnic groups and keep blaming it on TPLF. He turned a blind eye when people are crucified, burnt and stoned to death. To the best of my recall he didn’t so far apologized for the misfortune people are going through. He hid the plight of the Gedeo people until he can no more because the news came out via the social media. When the Amhara state machinery orchestrated killings and massive displacements on the Kimant people, he practically said nothing. He practically, killed the SNNP and the SEPDM and left with some poodles. And now the otherwise famous nick “ the Microcosm of Ethiopia” now is mutated to diverse people claiming statehood and have no qualms to go against one another.

    4. Whatever he touches has been a failure

    In a short deputation of heading INSA, he practically killed the security agency by purging capable people in the pretext of “other ministries need your expertize” and effectively made it Amhra and Oromo stronghold. This is not bad in itself but the agency now is a fiasco. Next to INSA his major engagement has been the time he became the minster of Ministry of Science and Technology. What he did first was to renovate his office spending about 390 plus million birr. He also proposed one grand plan. Creating specialized universities aimed at serving as center of excellence in conducting cutting edge research and development. To that end, the relatively older Adama Science and Technology University and Addis Ababa Science and Technology University(not the old AAU) were selected. The first was made to emulate a typical German Technical University while the second strives to catch up with South Korean Science and Technology University. The Universities were headed by German and Korean citizen presidents and scientific advisors. Hundreds of millions of dollars spent. But to the dismay of every one of us, these universities turn even worse than the rest. After he became A PM, he felt that they become answerable back to the Ministry of education (lately Ministry of Science and Higher Education) like any other universities in the country.

    5. The Minilik Palace

    He is now about to finish the grand renovation of the palace at the cost of 130 Million Euros. The project is not sanctioned by any of the government organs( Cabinet Ministers, House of peoples’ representatives what so ever). From where the money he got in what condition is not known at least to the public. Those who complaint about the relic value of the place are met with purring. A country with 3 Million IDPS and having overdue much sensitive projects has no right to set its priorities; at least to discuss it.

    6. He is a serial liar

    When he feels like it he lies. When I say it doesn’t mean that I wish it. But because he is my PM I have concerns.
    a. He lied about the dollars he brought in in the forms of FDI, grants and loans.
    b. He lied about the bomb plot exploded in Meskel square. He briefed the media immediately and said many people were died, it was planted by experienced professionals but the first death happened late in the evening and the findings of FBI indicated that OLF hardliners were the plotters. Then after months of silence he pointed out Getachew Assefa was responsible.
    c. He lied about the Gedeo people (IDPs more than 600,000,000 who are left to their own devices), first he denied it they exist, second he declared they were repatriated. But none of them is true.
    d. he lied that he didn’t know why the Ethio-Eritrean borders of Zalambesa and Mereb river were closed.
    e. He lied about the evaluation of the EPRDF executive. What was concluded and what was communicated were diametrically opposite.
    f. He lied abou tMohammed Alamudi that he declared he would be set free in a week’s time but we all know what has transpired.
    g. He preaches Ethiopianism in the open and fills the government offices that matter by the oromos behind the scene.
    h. He lied about the Addis River side project as if it was his invention but it was there since Meles’s time.
    i. Many many other lies can be cited but felt enough for sample representative
    Conclusion: Blind supporter have no clue on how he is poised to disintegrate the country. Let them live in their comfort of self-imposed delusional state. But this oldest nation is in the brisk of failing.

    • Mez

      Good day T. Kifle,

      I think we are talking about Eritrean Yiakl.

      1) Don’t you think you missed the topic of discussion?

      2) your complaint about pmaaa and his way of doing governance is already out for public discussion on wider media outlets; there is a substantial shortage of vital news on Eritrean concerns and issues. Please try to focus on that.

      Thanks

      • Berhe Y

        Dear Mez,

        Although I agree that we should stay focus on the topic, but I think T. Kifle comments have a lot of relevance to the Eritrean case. It’s important to the yiAkl or anyone else who is opposing the dictator ship of IA, to know the relationship IA has with PMAAA seen from the point view of TPLF. And T. Kifle does provide very valuable input, as Paulos has asked.

        Berhe

        • Nitricc

          Hi Berhe; what is the valuable input you got from T-Kifle that you didn’t already know? Again; how is important T-Kifle takes to your tootless and waste of Time YiAkil BS?

          • Berhe Y

            Hi Nitricc,

            It’s quite easy if what I said is important or not. I can tell by how you are reacting and working hard to kill it:).

            To come to the point, it’s important how TPLF see it’s future relationship with the Eritrean people and the future Eritrean government (post Isayas).

            Berhe

          • Nitricc

            I can tell by how you are reacting and working hard to kill it:).

            Hi Berhe; no need to kill for something already dead. I don’t think you have clue how the idea of Yakil is BS. Anyway, again No need to be worried about TPLF; they are as good as dead, it is a matter of time. What is needed is, a new blood between Eritrea and Tigray who can see and understand the issues and move forward. TPLF thugs are not capable of doing anything. They have out-lived their use. So, I wouldn’t worry about them.

    • Paulos

      Selam T. Kifle,

      A million times thanks for the gem of truths you gave us about the Charlatan-in-Chief. And of course, your valuable input is squarely relevant to the ongoing discussion about Eritrea including the Yiakil movement for any secret deal he may have struck with Isaias affects the Eritrean Opposition.

      That said however, in my opinion, the Weyanes ought to stick to their guns and continue working only for Tigrai for what history has taught them is that they have been stubbed in the back by the Gedus, Hailemariams and the rest. Let them scr*w each other. Thank you again!

      • Hayat Adem

        Paulos Ze Man,
        This Charlatan-in-Chief, is undoing a great nation before our eyes while her daughters and sons are preoccupied at gaming each other to make the other go down first. It is the timing that is helping him. The only sane and strong voice of cry of a constitutionalism seems to echo from the two states, namely Afar and Tig.
        Leadership crisis is at the center of all the problems in the country.
        Now Ethiopia is entering additional crisis where 14 million people are needing emergency food assistance as pwr updated humanitarian reports. There were times of similar situations during the previous EPrdf as well but there was a capable leadership to deal with such national situations then. This man has nothing to offer and navigate the country through such times and tests.
        Soon, a constitutional and election crises are to follow. There is a war-lordism on the offing with many, notably in the Amara region, unlawful taxing checkpoints similar to what happened to Somalia when it was about to degenerate down towards uncorrectably tragic fall.
        And what is this man doing? Cleaning streets! Does he even know that such are too little gestures to preach to the two great faiths? Does he know that the bar was set too high during the 1st Hijra. Does he know that his first duty is to maintain law and order so that the two faiths don’t wrong each other and leave the rest to both? Does he know his primary job as a PM is not to do Iftir with the muslims or fist with chritians but enable the muslim
        And the Christian communities exercise their faiths in peace?
        I guess whatever I could say about this incredible charlatan aka PMAA is an anti-climax to what TKifle has told us.
        The man shouldn’t have been elevated to such a responsibility in the first place not just because his wrong intentions and depth of ignorance but also for many other inadequacies as well.
        He should have gone the first month or two. He should have gone at the 11th Congress. He should have gone after each crises of displacements, killings etc. He should have gone when he downplayed and sidelined the Gerd. He should have gone when he let down the national economy and the agri sector in particular.
        But he didn’t.
        Why?
        Because TPLF’s priority became saving itself and Tigray and it has disinterested itself in the power issues at the federal level. Because ADP thought challenging this man would rebring Tplf whom ADP thinks had wounded it too deep and it would come back at it with fire and fury for a revenge. Because ODP thinks, whatever the consequences are for Ethiopia, it is bestowed with a historic opportunity to advance and maximize the Oromo interest sooner than later like there is no tomorrow. Because the South Front is really messed up badly and that it has become too paralysed to get its own acts together let alone help Eprdf. It is because global powers of the west thought they discovered a usable idiot to help them promote liberal values and dislodge China from Africa’s sphere of influence. It is because the gulf powers followed suit in line to the west and their own, counting the Red Sea area as their own strategic depth. It is because all the big media have danced along. That is what has helped this man stay playing preacher to the best and last laugh of Ethiopia’s geoplitical rivals.

    • Amanuel Hidrat

      Selam T.Kifle,

      Thank you for the feedback. It helps a lot to have some picture as to what is going inside Ethiopia. Just for clarification: do you mean 600,000 the number of the Gedeo IDPs? I am sure it is a typo error. Thank you again.

      Regards

      • T. Kifle

        Dear Aman,
        Sorry, yes it is as you rightly mentioned.

    • Teodros Alem

      Selam t kifle
      why u doing this, why u give them heart attack ? Well played but what is that u gonna get if they die of heart attack?
      What u saying above is just the new narration of eprdf, not the truth and u know it.

    • Nitricc

      HeY T-Kifle; I am very disappointed that you failed to post an article that represents your caliber. This is typical one-sided a political cadre state of mind. It is shame you couldn’t even utter one bad word about the corrupted TPLF thugs who are committed serious human right Desecrations to balance your article. Come-on be a human and don’t listen to those who are applauding you; you ought to yourself to tell nothing but the truth. If you ask me the biggest lie was when Melles told the journalist; if the court rendered its verdict and said Addis Abeba belong to Eritrea; I will deliver Addis to Issaias in a platter. Guess what; he can’t even deliver Badime. He was that deceptive. The truth.

    • Peace!

      Hi T.Kifle

      Criticism alone without offering cure or choice usually deemed unproductive. Aby is the result of TPLF led sham government- unprecedented Military and Economy monopolies, 100% election victories every five years, enormous corruption, and deadly ethnic politics. I don’t think Ethiopians would want to go back and entertain the nightmare again even if the prime minster becomes a compulsive liar.

      Peace!

      • Selam Peace,

        At one point, i was thinking: with so many horrible things that have happened and are happening in ethiopia within the last year, it is difficult to believe that she is still around. Who cares about the 27 yrs of tplf killings, disappearances, incarcerations, looting, and torture, when such things take place in the country as the result of the actions of one man. This is an example of propaganda that convinces nobody.

        • Teodros Alem

          selam horizon d
          we all know what u have been saying 2 years ago, and ur(the whole dog family including t k) coordinating game have convinced a lot of good for nothing individuals.
          and i know tk is ur boss and everybody can check ur conversation with him here in awate like 4 -5 years ago.

        • Peace!

          Hi Horizon,

          I don’t think accusing or even bashing the prime minister would change anything. TPLF elites have to come to their sense and help their people make the right choice— either to remain part of the federal government or declare independence. One way or the other, the people need to go free.

          Peace!

    • Admassie

      Selam T.Kifle,

      Friends were caught in surprise when we heard Addis River Side Development Project was claimed as Abiy’s brain child by Takele Uma. His adviser, Meskerem Tamiru (architect), had to make a damage control for she knows the initiative was part of the 10th AA Master Plan revision work years earlier.

      Starting from Entoto as a tourist destination, extending 33 km long and 50m wide green buffer spaces along river sides was a plan presented by the former mayor of AA, Diriba Kuma, to his assembly.

      A team of five academic experts from AAU has been tasked for the specifics of the project then and has produced seven booklets in 2017.

      The animation clip played, showing revitalized riversides, recently has been viewed in 2017 at a forum in Gondar where Abiy himself was a participant representing the Oromiya Urban and Housing Development Bureau. There are also other additional animations made viewing a business district zone around Stadium and Legehar as well as a transformed Behierawi Theater area in to a pedestrian and bike only.

      Grand vision needs great mind but not grand talk. ጋኖች አለቁና ምንቸቶች ጋን ሆኑ!

      Admassie A.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Admassie,

        The following is a quotable note:-

        “ Grand vision needs great mind but not grand talk.” I like it.

        • Admassie

          Selam Amanuel H.,

          Thank you Sir. As you might understand, my conclusion is drawn from reality. I think we are fortunate to experience both qualities, the great mind and the grand talk, and its effects from our political and economical journey in the past 28 years. I believe experience is the best instrument in drawing a judgment.

          Admassie A.

    • Ismail AA

      Selam T. Kindle,

      Thank you for this expanded expose. The unfolding scenario in Ethiopia upgrades domestic and external concerns. Developments in whatever direction in the country impact countries in the Horn due to geopolitical centrality it occupies. The fast moving transition from a system that claimed and enjoyed legitimacy accrued from revolutionary background to state governance system resting on constitutional process need competent and committed statesmanship able to deploy patriotic energies of the nation on various levels. I think this is the challenge the country is cur facing currently.

      I should add that in Ethiopia, the strength and weakness of the center of power has always been effective determinant of developments. Building on what had been attained proved better for the unity of the nation than obliterating the present and hoping to build the future from scratch.

      On the point you raised about the legitimacy issue that accompanied the OPDO and ANDM, it was expected right from the beginning, knowing the circumstances in which they were conceived and took form in January 1990 as junior and convenience partners in the EPRDF. Both of them had no grass roots background, and this made them entities whose constituency comprised of elites assembled by selection and a recruitment. It was not surprising they had to face the problem of legitimacy as the post 1991 situation stabilized and the revolutionary movement fervour waned. The situation reached climax when the youth began to rebel and played role to bring Abi-Lemma team on the spot light, and the developments you have eloquently narrated.

    • Hayat Adem

      Hi All,
      It really feels good to have T.Kifle in this forum. He is making a difference with one post what I couldn’t with many. 5he political fetishisms and political jackalisms around have gone wild and rogue. It needs tge kind of TKifle to fight back at least to reinstall the minimum sanity.

  • mokie berhe

    Salam all. The TPLF is totally dividing the Eritrean diaspora opposition to the point that it is simply ineffective. Some Eritrean opposition groups either continue to be based in Tigray or to receive money from the TPLF. The TPLF’s digital army continues to invade Eritrea opposition websites and to gate-crash Eritrean opposition events; they have effectively been able to case of spell of deep mistrust and suspicion on the neutrality and motives of Eritrean opposition groups. Eritrean opposition groups sympathetic to the TPLF have recently been implicated in trying to clandestinely send SALW into Eritrea which has resulted in closed border crossings. The TPLF wish to destroy the peace rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea to achieve two aims: 1) Create havoc and instability within the PMAA Government, and 2) To avoid withdraw from Badme which is associated with the Greater map of Tigray and related sensitivities over Raya and Wolkiet.

  • mokie berhe

    Salam All. The TPLF digital virus is running rampant. If you display the following symptoms, please contact CDC Atlanta immediately:
    1) Idolise Meles Zenawi and always maintain that he was 1.8 meters tall
    2) Never-ever make any criticism against the TPLF and always defend and promote the TPLF
    3) Wear an ‘I am Getachew Assefa’ T-shirt 24 hours a day
    4) Call yourself a Doctor or Professor but spend 24 x 7 on the internet promoting the TPLF (hope none are MDs for their patients are totally abandoned)
    5) Always defend actions of the TPLF
    6) Never talk of gross human rights violations during the TPLF reign
    7) Never talk of how the TPLF left the country economically bankrupt
    8) Never talk of land grabbing activities by the TPLF in every corner of Ethiopia
    9) Always label those who criticize the TPLF as PFDJ, irrespective or not if they support the PFDJ
    10) Endlessly pursue conspiracy theories
    11) Act dumb, blind and mute when it come to falling to understand what ‘unconditional acceptance’ means
    12) Always claim that the PFDJ, like the TPLF, engaged in organized deportation activities
    13) Always pretend that fair and open elections took place during the TPLF reign
    14) Never talk about the number of new-born TPLF billionaires and millionaires
    15) Always claim that the media was free during the TPLF reign
    16) Avoid discussions of TPLF led invasion of Somalia
    17) Avoid discussions on Eritrean opposition receiving support from TPLF
    18) Never talk of mass imprisonment during the reign of the TPLF
    19) Always maintain that PIA is from Tigray
    20) Never mention the lack of neutrality of the AU or IGAD
    21) Always maintain that U.N. sanctions against Eritrea were justified
    22) Always maintain that Eritrea started the border war
    23) Always compliment fellow TPLF sympathizers on how smart and special they are
    24) Drink Raya beer
    25) Always refer to PMAA as a youngster when he took office at age 41 but never mention that MZ was only 36 when the TPLF took control of Ethiopia in 1991

    • Haile WM

      hey Mokie,

      this is the dumbest list i have ever seen, interestingly do you believe changing PFDJ with TPLF can you have the same result in your enlightened list ?
      why do you waste your time in listing TPLF shortcomings if the game is over ?
      IA have said that a year ago and you guys are still pestering us with woyane issues ? its funny. The game is over indeed 😀

  • mokie berhe

    Salam all. It is absolutely true that Meles Zenawi has not told a single lie since August 20, 2012.

  • said

    Greetings,
    What Eritrean justice seekers can learn from Arab Spring Mistakes
    An Interesting Article in Le Monde Diplomatique (English Language)mainly about Sudan
    Will there be a counter-revolution this time? The seasons after the Arab Spring
    Revolt if not revolution in Sudan and Algeria: is this the next phase of a profound change in the Arab world? uprisings haven’t repeated the mistakes of 2011.
    https://mondediplo.com/2019/06/05sudan

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Selam awatistas
    I found the following interview interesting. Please forgive me if Gen. Nitrickay had already brought it to your curious attention.
    https://youtu.be/fMK3cO2W3fY

    • Selam MS,

      A very interesting discussion, indeed. Tplf deep state seems to be still in place. Ginbot 20 was celebrated only by tplf as i understood, and its fate seems gloomy with the possibility to be abandoned in the future. No worse enemy ruled ethiopia, not even fascist italy. The aim was to loot and develop tigray and the future greater tigray through metec, effort, and other organizations, and at the end to leave behind chaotic and failed states. Such types of tortures were not seen anywhere else in the world. The so called development when compared with the extent of the economic corruption, left behind debt for generations to come, etc… are some of the things i remember. His biggest question was why they hated so much people who are not foreigners, but their compatriots.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Horizon,.

        “Ginbot 20 was celebrated only by tplf as i understood, nd its fate seems gloomy with the possibility to be abandoned in the future.”

        Horizon, remember it is the sacrifice of the people of Tigray and it is their history to celebrate. As long as you despise “their sacrifice and their history” they will do the same to your history. Unfortunately, these show us that you don’t have common history, and eventually might lead you to the era of “MESAFINTI.” You have to be careful in the way you “act and say things” that could be detrimental to your unity. My advice, if it doesn’t help to the unity of your country better to keep you hate with yourself.

        • Teodros Alem

          selam aman h
          ur above statements shows u don’t know anything about zemene mesfinet and how is that tigrai(parasite) breakup will equalize with the end of ethiopia?
          there r millions who believe otherwise.
          The one thing u right is we don’t have anything in common, spacially when it comes to pscological setups.

    • Haile S.

      Selamat Mahmud,

      Thank you for the interesting interview. Our democratic eritrean struggle at Awate is still getting conducted by proxy. This time the agent is the interviews. The one you brought is direct, the other Emma brought is indirect and apparently misconstrued. Both on past and present leaders of Ethiopia. My question for you is when do you think we are going to have IN Eritrea an associate professor of law from Adi Keih Social Sciences College freely expressing his thoughts on May 24 and a unfavorable assessment on IA, and a free press that misconstrues what have been said by IA without causing any sensible turmoil?

      • Nitricc

        freely expressing his thoughts on May 24

        Hi Haile; I am just wondering what is there to question May-24? I mean I know many wanna be opposition do question MAY 24 and the entire independence thing. I mean are you one of the doubters or the so-called opposition? you sound something in that nature..

        • Haile S.

          Selam Nitricc,

          You always look for something to spin-off. I don’t need to acknowledge to you that I don’t have doubts on May 24. I was referring to the professor’s freedom to express his critical opinion, to the idea of freedom of expression be it on Ginbot 20.

          • Nitricc

            Hi Haile; it is your right not acknowledge about anything but rest assured; you be questioned. because that my right. If you ask me, no person with out grudge will question May 24; the end of the story.

      • Mahmud Saleh

        Selam HaileS
        I did not hear what Emma has brought in of any interviews. But I brought the professor’s interview, weighing in on the ascendance of TPLF-led EPRDF to power and its consequences, for its own merit, not for political spin-offs or for any comparative narrations.
        Thanks.

  • Amanuel Hidrat

    Selam Awatistas,

    “Ethiopian opposition members who were based in Eritrea returned to Ethiopia, and Eritrean opposition members based in Ethiopia returned to Eritrea.” [ PM Abiy]

    This bogus PM’s lies does not have boundary.

    (a) Derg was not defeated

    (b) the last twenty eight years was the darkest era of Ethiopia
    (c) The Eritrean opposition members based in Ethiopia are returned to Eritrea.

    Here is his interview to read in its entirety.

    http://www.tadias.com/05/31/2019/pm-abiys-voa-interview-annotated/

    • Ismail AA

      Selam Aman,
      Thank you for the link. On Eritrea, the PM should be either poorly informed or operates impromptu to end up in such a mess of telling a reporter false information. I think it is serious mishap.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Selam Ismailo,

        Once he fall in love with the tyrant, he will learn some of his behaviors, and that includes unfettered lies. From the get go he was unfit to met the challenge. So if he makes repetitive lies, it isn’t a mishap.

      • Selam Ismail AA,

        Maybe pm Abiy doesn’t know or doesn’t care where the eritrean opposition went, nevertheless, he is sure of one thing, that they are no more in addis as they used to be. They are not his main problem to know every detail. This may be the case. I think that some people are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

        • Amanuel

          Hi Horizon
          You are not making sense. If you think he doesn’t care or they are not his main problems why is spending his time discussing about them.

          It is only a year so a go we were told that Eritreas & Ethiopians are one people but now their border is closed with out any explanation and Abiy saying it needs checks and balance. He has no shame.

          • Hi Amanuel,

            I am not going to make sense to you as long as you are not going to like my opinion. Nevertheless, PM Abiy answered to a question, and the issue came up within that context. I do not know if that is a crime.

            If borders are closed from the eritrean side, it is eritrea’s right. If IA withdraws completely from all agreements they may have signed, again he is free to do so. Of course, any cooperation, trade, etc, is not going to be left to function on the autopilot. I do not understand why this is a shame.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Horizon
            I would be ashamed if I was him. A year ago he was saying no need for border now border, check and balance. He put the cart before the horse. I am not surprised he had got the nickname “Dr MESHREFET”

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Horizon,

          If he does not know and he does not care where the oppositions have moved, why did he make a public lies? He did it on purpose. You see Horizon you live with your own private truth, but what you don’t know is: private truths are public lies. Defending a liar makes you not different than the one lying. The PM is a public lair.

          • Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

            Whatever names you call the pm of ethiopia, it is completely immaterial. He is the pm and you are not, and you will never be one, from what i can conclude. Forget about me, i have no dreams, NEVER. Your countless insults show your hate, anger, frustration , and utter failure.
            Mr. truth-speaker, can you tell us, where are they now after tplf left? Did they move to mekelle?
            The problem with you is that you think that you are right all the time in everything, and all other human beings are simply wrong, which shows that you do not live in the real world. Your world is not the ethiopian pm’s world, your problem is not his problem. If you do not like the world as it is change it, if you can, and do not whine day and night, and stop insulting people right and left.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            Absolutely, you are right I am not in his world – the world of pathological lairs. Let me ask this: can you pronounce publicly here that “the Derg was not defeated” just to know you are part of his world?

            The Derg army was humiliated and decimated until they are forced to escape to the neighbor country Sudan by the victorious EPLA from Eritrea. Further the Derg army was Pushed all the way to the center of its power at Addis by the joint forces of EPLA and TPLA and forced their leader to escape and flew to Harare. The whole world watched it in front their eyes televised and broadcasted. But yet Abiy has not shame to say Derg was not defeated.

          • Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

            The derg was defeated and the ethiopian armed forces (it was not the derg army) were defeated are two different things. The edf had more or less stopped fighting for the derg from one point onwards. The killings the derg was carrying out that did not spare the families of the military, infiltration of the military by anti-derg forces who were fighting the derg on many fronts (not tplf and eplf only), the derg itself that was sabotaging the armed forces so that the war continued, because it feared the opposition of almost the whole of the ethiopian society, etc, were some of the reasons the edf was frustrated and had more or less stopped fighting for the derg, and units were surrendering with their tanks, multiple rocket launchers, etc, to guerrilla fighters armed with kalashnikov.
            This is what Abi used to say the derg cut its right arm with its left hand. The ethiopian armed forces were more or less joining the guerrilla fighters against the derg. People were sabotaging the derg’s efforts at the center and at the front, and if you think that tplf and eplf alone won the war, you are making a gross mistake. Take the 1998-2000 war; it was the force you proudly tell us you defeated that saved tplf from eplf invasion and defeated the enemy.
            Yes, the derg was defeated, because most importantly the ethiopian people wanted the derg to be defeated to save themselves from the killing machine of the derg, but not the ethiopian defense forces, the same derg army as you call it, which could fight a war to bring the defeat of the enemy in 1998-2000. That was what eplf did not take into consideration when it invaded tigray. The ethiopian armed forces were dispersed and humiliated by woyane, nevertheless at the crucial moment it saved tplf itself from humiliation. It is not black and white, and the pm may have this in mind, although i have not heard myself what he said.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            No matter how you tried to play with words (which I love to do it), here is the truth: The HS army, or the Derg army, or the EPRDF army are without distinguishing one from the other are Ethiopian army as long as you don’t have different army in Ethiopia with different central command. Your argument could have a leg if only if you have or had two different armies. Strike out-1.

            Second, since the Ethiopian army are commanded by the commander in chief of the Ethiopian army- In this case, HS, Derg or Mengstu, EPRDF or Abiy, it is common standard to see interchangeable calling. Strike out -2

            Third, the Ethiopian people are defeated can be equated to the Ethiopian army are defeated, because the Ethiopian army do represent the Ethiopian people in the fighting. Strike out -3

            So dear Horizon, pick any as long as they are the same and represent to the same people. However, in all instances the “essence “and the “meaning” are the same. Surely, you can’t even make politics out of it, straight forward my friend.

            Derg was defeated = Ethiopian army was defeated= Ethiopians were defeated.

          • Selam Amanuel Hidrat,

            “Derg was defeated = Ethiopian army was defeated= Ethiopians were defeated.” That is really interesting. In the same token, in the 1998-2000 war, pfdj was defeated = Eritrean armed forces were defeated = Eritreans were defeated. Where will this take us? Let’s be serious. War is not a football game (score 1:0). Such logical conclusion shows that there is a problem in the mindset.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Horizon,

            I have been there and you can’t tell me that “war is not football”. We are talking on “concepts and languages” when you could say them differently but end up to be the same in “essence and meaning”. Second, in wars whether you “win or lose” it is defined and equated the way I put it. Take it or leave it, but that is the fact.

          • Teodros Alem

            selam aman h
            so u saying in 1998-2000 war, eritrea and eritreans was defeated but since the 30 years war was a civil war because there was eritreans in the derg army and eritrea used to be part of ethiopia, so ethiopia including eritrea defeated?
            any way, if things goes as it is, am sure there will be 3rd round war between eri and ethio and it will be a clear war without sabotaging from inside and u will not going to have a chance to talk about even the aftermath war.

          • Amanuel

            Hi Harizon
            This is purely denying history. It was a Derg army through & through.
            The reason it was defeated was that It was fighting against just war lead by disciplined and dedicated fighters of Eritrea & Tigray Period!

          • Amanuel

            Hi Harizon
            This is purely denying history. It was a Derg army through & through.
            The reason it was defeated was that It was fighting against just war lead by disciplined and dedicated fighters of Eritrea & Tigray Period!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mekusi,

            I think your comment mean to me. Hence, I can’t agree more.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            You are totally unfair when it comes to Dr.Aby. You defended TPLF’s lies and deceptions for the last twenty plus years. Why do you think Truth has more values now?

            Peace!

          • Paulos

            Selam Abi Seb,

            Let’s face it. The guy is a phoney. He has got nothing to show for except a weakened nation. The only lie I can think of as far as the Weyanes are concerned is when they lied in a broad day light about Badime awarded to them when it was awarded to Eritrea.

          • Peace!

            Paulosay,

            I am not defending him. In fact, I don’t believe a truthful politician exists. My point is the discussion is turning into unproductive match between pro and opposing side.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel

            Hi Peace
            I agree all politicians bend the truth as much as they can but Dr Meshrefet lies are naked and the only person beats him to that is Mr Trump, who is right now on my side of the pond spreading new lies.

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Peace,

            I don’t defend TPLF, I defend Meles as EPRDF leader who brought the unforeseen economic development to Ethiopia. I never defend TPLF. As simple as that. Actually, I defend EPRDF and the leadership of Meles.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Please don’t undermine your readers intelligence. The truth is TPLF led Ethiopia for twenty plus years for good and for bad. That is a fact and can’t be changed. I think the discussion is about telling the truth. Bejakum Ainina Aytenkuruna.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Peace,

            Are you debating? just state your truth whatever your truth is. If it has to be challenged we will. If not I am not here to test the intelligence of my readers including yours. I am here to share my view. I never believe TPLF was governing Ethiopia and never will. Ethiopia was and is governed by EPRDF. So now Abiy is the head of the state and therefore the OPDO is the governing body per your logic. It isn’t. TPLF could never govern without forming the “Front-party.” Believe on whatever you want to believe, but the truth of the matter is EPRDF “was and is” the governing body in the Ethiopian body politics until this minute of the day. Abiy wouldn’t come without EPRDF to power. If you want you can avoid debating with me, but pls keep you insults at bay.

          • Kokhob Selam

            Dear Amuni,

            Don’t worry about this Mr..Peace,,He will come to know about you..

            He don’t really know you as I do..

            KS..

        • Ismail AA

          Selam Horizon,

          In that case, he should have skipped the question. But he took up the question and gave an answer, which turned out to be wrong. You are arguing on his behalf that the only thing that mattered to him is that the Eritrean opposition left Addis Ababa . Actually, your take suggests that they changed the form of presence in Addis Ababa. Moreover, I do not think a PM of Ethiopia does not know where the opposition have gone. What made ” a mole hill” to grow to a mountain was the answer he gave.

      • T. Kifle

        Dear Ismail,
        If you see the patterns, most his talks gravitate to lies.

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Dear T.Kifle,

          Welcome back sir. Some feedbacks Pls,

          • T. Kifle

            Dear Amanuel Hidrat
            Thank you for the warm welcome

        • Saleh Johar

          Welcome TKile,
          Embaba qolo keyedalena koynu. 🙂

          • T. Kifle

            ከመይ ከመይ
            ኣያ ሳልሕ
            ዕድመን ጥዕናን ኣብዚሑ ይሃብካ። ዕምበባኻውን ከምዝቐረበ ይቆፀር
            በዚ አጋጣሚ ከኣ ኣብዚ በዓል ዒድ ምስ ኩሎም ስድራን ፈተውትን ሰሰናዩ ኩሉ እምነየልካ

        • Ismail AA

          Selam T. Kifle,

          That is not a good way of running a large and complex country like Ethiopia that finds itself in state of fast transition. It is here where statesmanship and transparency are badly needed. Many, including yours truly, were enthusiastically positive about his sudden emergence on the political scene of Ethiopia. The reconciliatory rhetoric and goodwill steps he undertook were welcomed though his moves lacked proper policy anchors. His peace and love preacher (sermons) approach were seen as transient honeymoon extras rather than sustainable hard policies the country needed.

        • Mez

          Hi at. Kifle,

          Can you give some accounts; you seem too generous–the wrong way.

          Thanks

        • Paulos

          Selam Kifle,

          The kid is losing fast where the Weyanes seem to be setting the political tone of the nation after a one year hiatus.

          On a separate note, heard a rumor where the Saudis are poised to mediate between Isaias and Debretsion where it is kinda hard to discount it as a fake news when one notices the Saudi King himself sending a congratulatory message to the Weyanes on the May 24th victory where the Saudis never done it before. What say you?

          P.S. You see, you perked up the sleepy Forum in a lazy Sunday. As the Brits would say it, please do come back more often.

        • Peace!

          HI T.Kifle,

          Could you name a single truthful politician other than Meles?

          Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Peace,

            Agree or disagree in his policy, Meles doesn’t lie. We can disagree to his policy but he is truthful politician to his policy making the poor Ethiopian people at the center of his policy, There are many witnesses to that effect. I know buddy we disagree on him, but just to state my point. If we put Abiy and Meles on Truth-O-meter, the pointer will swing all the way to Meles.

            regard

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            “Meles doesn’t lie” reminds me Nihna Nissu Nissu Nihana PFDJ supporters. SAD!

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Hi Peace,

            You can win the argument by bringing facts, than throwing insults. Do I have to agree to your belief? You don’t need to engage with me to throw your tantrums.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Have you heard people say Kendi Buxuh Weladka Ayt’mhal, let alone for Meles a liar and deceitful politician.

            Peace!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Peace,

            Keep your adage to yourself and live with it.

          • Peace!

            Hi Emma,

            Nothing personal. You just made a mistake even Meles himself won’t say such a thing with full confidence.

            Peace!

          • T. Kifle

            Peace,
            Read the word “pattern”. People at any level and age could lie for different reasons. But to make it a habit is the matter. This man lies a lot and what is at stake is the nation.

    • Mez

      Dear Amanuel H,

      In the last one year a lot had changed in Ethiopian political landscape.

      I propose for awate foundation to somehow make a field trip to Addis and get firsthand insight on:
      1) ethio-eritrean government relations,
      2) ethio-eritrean-opposition movements relations,
      3) Ethiopian and Eritrean civic (non political) organizations relations,

      and what the future prospects may look like.

      Thanks

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Mez,

        Since you are one of the proponent who is witnessing changes in Ethiopia and as a schloar, it is part of your duty to make a field study, than to assign awate.

        • Mez

          Dear Amanuel H,
          Fair enough. But unfortunately I can’t overtake the job of a journalist.

          Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Mez,

            You don’t need to go for journalism. You could go for socio-political and socio-economic study (pertinent to your study). After all you keep telling us that change is going in Ethiopia without any tangible substance to it. The economic development in Ethiopia is halted, the political instabilities is vivid and created hundreds of thousands IDP, and the struggle of power between the “center” and the “periphery” (Federal vs States/Kilil) is rampant than any time since the installation of Federal system.

            regards

          • Paulos

            Selam Professor A. Hidrat,

            Study was already conducted both with in political and socio-economic realms of the nation. And the study concluded that, the apparent economic slowdown and political and social disruption is caused by the slicky and conniving Weyanes. And the study’s recommendation is get rid off the Weyanes!

          • Mez

            Dear Paulos,

            Calm down please.

            Thanks

          • Paulos

            Mez,

            What do you mean calm down? It was a joke. You take it easy!

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dr Paulos,

            But the truth of the matter is the opposite. The economic slowdown did happen when Abiy came to the throne. The social disruption due to lack of security, displacement of hundreds of thousand of IDP, and the destruction of public and private properties made it a nightmare to the Ethiopian people when Abiy became the head of state. Ethiopia has never been at such crossroad in its history, where their social groups became at each others throat. Horizon can be described as the symptom of their social ills.

          • Mez

            Dear Amanuel H,

            I will try my best.

            You said:

            ” You don’t need to go for journalism….”

            I think, This is how profetionalism was diminished and killed even among us.

            Thanks

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Dear Mez,

            I don’t understand your last statement. I don’t understand why my comment drive you to say that

          • Mez

            Dear Amanuel H,

            At this time, independent and trustworthy journalism is a sort of an eye opener–for polititians and the general public alike.

            If a media professional go to Addis:
            1) he/she would bring a lot of new insights from Eritrean (including the opposition) perspective.
            1.1) you can not count on the Eritrean government outlets because they are not as such free.
            1.2) it is the correct time for a journalist, to hit the ground and confront Ethiopian officials with avalanche of inquiries; what they have in store for today and for tomorrow.
            2) I would suggest to visit Addis, Mekele, and Bahirdar on one leg.

            Thanks

    • Consolation

      Selamat,

      Your claim that Dr. Abiy said that Eritrean opposition members returned to Eritrea is a lie. Of course, with the defeat of the Weyane thugs, it is not surprising to see the defeated Weyane stooges to be confused and unable to read what is written. What he said is the opposite. Here is a quote of the question answer

      Firew: The border closing between the two countries (Eritrea and Ethiopia) has continued until today, after it was initially reopened. What is the situation currently?

      Abiy: ​When the peace process started between the two sides, we saw the borders were widely opened on both sides. We can say that people were moving to and from — not like foreign countries, but movement similar to what happens within a country. There weren’t strict controls. And many people came from there to here, and from here to there. But that was not the only thing. Ethiopian opposition members who were based in Eritrea returned to Ethiopia, but Eritrean opposition members based in Ethiopia haven’t returned to Eritrea.

      • Amanuel Hidrat

        Dear Consolation.

        Pls read the link attached to my comment, You can not fabricate your own phrases. There is no the word “haven’t” in it. It is as I Quoted it from the link. The purpose of the link I put it is to check my quote. By the way learn how to address the forumers.

        • Teodros Alem

          selam.aman h
          why don’t u try to see the original interview of the PM, instead of picking gossip and rumors? Consolation is right, go check it out urself.
          and whatever the PM has said is ethiopian business, if u don’t like his relation with eritrea gov, still it is not ur business ,go nag ur own country gov.
          Stop nagging ethiopia or 3A, it is none of ur business.

      • Selam Consolation,

        Thank you consolation. It is unbelievable that digital woyane brought a lie and we have been discussing it the whole day. There is nothing they will not do to undermine pm Abiy, their nemesis. It is in vain. There is no way ethiopia will find herself again under the boots of tplf. How can anyone trust again such people?

        https://www.voanews.com/a/abiy-ahmed-interview/4940130.html

  • MICKIELLE

    Hi awatistas and deqi hagerey

    Remember one of the Kidan conferences in Ethiopia, when attendants came back with a euphoric experience on the representation of Eritrean nationalities? Well, the DC conferences did not have that magic representation of nationalities. When I made a comment to a colleague on this issue, he asked me how do you know who is who in this gathering of the YiAkle movement? My answer was, it just feels that way.

    This is a subject of huge importance to our people to handle it with care, sensitivity and compassion towards one another. The reason? It is a huge divide if we let it be a divide.
    The division falls roughly along jebha/Shaebia, kebesa/Kola, Christian/Moslem – the mighty and colossal elephant siting in our midst.

    The older generation of justice seekers where just about losing patience as to what level and scale of transgression by Issayas would ever bring out an explosive anger and disdain of this savage dictator by our people and in particular by the youth.

    People say the rise of Dr. Aby – the leader of Ethiopia. For me, Abiy scared the S……t out of me when he uttered boarders are man made (sew serash) and that he believed in removing them. For an Eritrean, there is an amhara saying I don’t remember fully but carries a lot of weight in me – where the hen says be bila chewata’na keld yelem. It is neither amusing nor fun to play with a knife. The hen knows what the knife can mean to her. For Eritreans, we barely have secured our boarders after a huge cost in lives, displacements in the last war. The whole essence of the 30 year war of liberation was for Eritrean identity defined by secure boarders with our neighbors. If we had reached a level a socio- economic political and cultural development where globalization of industry, trade and commerce require us to open up for markets and influence to further our development, we would be on the forefront of regional integration. Surrounded by dangerous and a region that is in turmoil and with our country in shambles and depopulated of its prized assets- the youth and the educated, and lead by an ICC identified criminal ready to sell any and all parts of Eritrea to the highest bidder, calibrating the Eritrean patience had reached its limit. Sad Eritrea had to sustain a level of damage that makes removing Issayas and building our nation a daunting job.

    The first order of the day? Unity. In calling for unity, the Yiakle movement is a grass root movement. The conference in Washington simply has to be congratulated for rising to the occasion in the same way Awate and his patriotic comrades of the lowlanders rose to the occasion to drive out the Ethiopian invaders. Eritrean sensibilities and wisdom have to reign in crude and dismissive treatment of this subject. We have many mistakes we can learn from and unifying themes we can build on.

    For now, the Yiaakle movement has to accommodate all our visions of Eritrea. There is no indication that this is not happening. If there are compatriots who feel the 1997 constitution should not even be considered at all, join the club and air your opinion to be counted.

    My humble opinion to the body of the Yiaakle conference in DC, Yiaakle movement is on going. There was a question on what to do after Yiakle. We are not there yet. Judging by the history of movements for social change, ours is an instantaneous explosion. It needs to broaden its base with a view to diversity and inclusion to areas where many Eritreans reside but have not responded to the call.

  • Yonas kidane

    I am very sad about this article. This kind of articles are designned or written by people who want attension or want to divide or weaken the Yiakel movement because they see it as a threat or it doesn’t advance their agenda.
    Two things i want to comment..
    1 you said that ” the non-Kunama Eritreans are not interested in the grievances of the Kunama people”. How do you know that we are not interested?? It clearly shows that you don’t care about the kunamus . Just because you don’t care don’t think that every body is like you. Why dont you write what is realy in your mind instead of using the Kunamus.?? We will find solutions better if we are honest .
    2 you said “the justice seekers camp would be better off committing to constitutionalism instead of insisting on The Constitution, the specific PFDJ constitution of 1997.” This is another tactic or strategy to sabotage the Yiakle movement. The Yiakel , opposition parties , you yourself and i have no mandate to write the constitution of Eritrea or to amend it. I am not a great supporter of the 1997 consitution , but it can only be adjusted , rewritten or completely changed by an ellected eritrean parlament with total involvement of the whole Eritrean society. Just because it doesn’t serve your interest or my interest it does mean it is useless .
    Let me say to the Yiakle movement and to the general Eritreans. Don’t buy this nonsense agenda. We must fight to remove Issaias from power and implementation of the 1997 constitution. I know it is not perefect. No consitution in the world is perfect. They are always amended by Parliament.
    Regards
    Yonas

    • Hameed Al-Arabi

      Ahlan Yonas Kidane,

      There are Eritreans who said Yiakil in 1993 after the first independence speech of Isaias. I think, the majority of Eritreans remember when Isaias said, “I don’t want Hashewiye of Widubat”. Anyhow, I appreciate your joining YIAKIL after 26 years.

      It appears, you will conceive the theme of the article above also after twenty-six years. If you read the article from the viewpoint of the Eritrean people, you will understand it correctly, but if you read it from a village point of view, you will miss the theme of article totally. The article above speaks about the Eritrean people who chanted Yiakil from all corners of Eritrea. At present, the people of Eritrea understand from where their enemies sneak to divide them. Your approach seems to be one of the methods of their enemies. I hope you are not from them.

      Al-Arabi

      • Yonas kidane

        Dear Hameed
        First of all let me answer to your idea that I joined the YIAKEL movement now or as you said “after 26 years”. Let me assure you that I am not a new comer to the YIAKEL movement . I left Eritrea in 1991 just before Independence at the age of 16. I actively opposed the PFDJ mafia from 2004 .When I said actively It is not hiding behind a computer writing articles or a quiet criticism of PFDJ in cafe. I was at the forefront of opposition and paid a heavy price for it. Which I am proud of. By the way even if I had joined recently it wouldn’t matter. I welcome all those who are joining now. I welcome them with open arms . And also no wants your appreciation or anybody’s appreciation for joining the YIAKEL movement. People should join because it is their duty as an Eritean.

        You said that I was reading the article from a village point of view, not from Eritrean point of view. I think this exactly fits to the person who wrote the article, not me . If you read my response it says let’s remove Issaias from power and implement the 1997 constitution. There is nothing village point of view about it. It is an Eritean point of view. I will also be happy if you explain to me why this approach is sneaky and divisive.
        You also said in your response that the majority of Eritreans will remember when Issaias in 1993 said ” don’t want Hashewiye of Wudebat” . You know what , I completely agree with him and that should have included his own party or Wudeb as well.
        Regards
        Yonas

        • Hameed Al-Arabi

          Ahlan Yohas Mokie,

          At 16 you were a child, at a learning stage. When Isaias said, “I don’t want Hashewiye of widubat,” he exited from the right track, the national highway. All Eritreans should say Yiakil from that point of time, but Yiakil was accumulating since that date upto it reach its high levels at present time. I welcome all who joined presently and encourage the rest to join their people. We are in need of all Eritreans to face the monster who suffocates the people of Eritrea.

          Regarding reading and understanding the theme of the article above, you need time. I hope to be short. This requires emancipation from the village mindset. You know, Mr. Yonas, some guys were mobilizing Asmara, thinking she is all Eritrea, but failed to mobilize all Eritrea to demonstrate against the regime.

          Anyhow, I advise you to read above article after two decades to evaluate whether I am wrong or right.

          Al-Arabi

          • Amanuel Hidrat

            Selam Hamday,

            A constitution is always drafted by a “commission” not by a Parliament. However, unless it is ratified by the Representative Parliament it could not be a legal document, it will remain as a political document. The constitutional process should indeed be inclusive of our social diversity and our political diversities. Social refers to all our social groups and political refers to all our political parties or organizations. It is then and only then can be the supreme law of the land and can be defended by all its citizens.

          • Hameed Al-Arabi

            Ahlan Ustaz Hidrat,

            I thank you very much for the input you have given. I understand it is drafted by a “commission”, but the “commission” should be appointed by the representatives of the people not by a single person like that of 1997 constitution.

            Al-Arabi

          • Yonas kidane

            Dear Hameed
            I think you have got the whole idea of Constitutional drafting and making it a legal frame work completely wrong.
            A constitutional assembly or body is fist set up by who ever is in power (mostly it is done by transitional governments) to draft or adopt a constitutional document. Then it can be either put for debate and approval to the transitional parliament which should reflect the entire society (not political parties ) or it can be put for debate and approval to the public as a national referendum.
            There is no write or wrong way of drafting a constitution, it can be done in different ways. I urge you to read how other countries drafted their constitution. Look at India, France, Italy, Costa Rica, USA, etc.
            You said that the Eritrean constitution was prepared by Dr Bereket and his colleagues who where influenced by Communism and the EPLF charter. This comment of yours is either you have a poor understanding of constitution drafting and how the 1997 Eritean constitution was drafted or it is a deliberate distortion.
            In March 1994, the Provisional Government of Eritrea established a Constitutional Commission to draft a new constitution. The drafting authority was the transitional National Assembly, a body consisting of 75 members of the EPLF central committee and 75 representatives elected by regional assemblies.
            In 1995, a global symposium was held in Asmara for the writing of the Constitution of Eritrea. Eritrean representatives worked closely on the legislation with a number of international experts, including Somali scholars Ismail Ali Ismail and Said Sheikh Samatar. The following year, Ismail also helped train senior government officials in the Eritrean capital.
            After 27 months, the resulting constitution was introduced to the National Assembly in 1997. This is the process it went through. And of course Dr Bereket was heading the commission. Some body has to . If you look at India it was Dr Ambedkar who drafted the Constitution with the requisite deliberations and debates in the Constitutional assembly, and the assembly approved it in November 26 1949.
            Your idea that Dr Bereket was influenced by Communism,for me this is total nonsense unless he himself said he was influenced by Communism. And what prove do you have that the 1997 Constitution has comunism influence??
            Your other comment is that Issaias or EPLF had influence on the 1997 constitution . This might be true. I don’t disagree with it. Because they were in power. However what ever Influence they had the Constitution surely didn’t work in favor of Issaias or PFDJ. If the 1997 constitution was in their favour they would have implemented it. The only reason they are refusing to implement it is that the Constitution is not in their favour.
            I would be happy if you could raise few points from the 1997 constitution and explain to me why those points are bad for the people of Eritrean.
            Lastly let me finish by what one American historian said,..
            ” A legitimate constitution depended on whether the sovereign people authorized it, not whether a particular procedure was used ”

            Regards
            Yonas

          • Yonas kidane

            Dear Hameed
            I think you have got the whole idea of Constitutional drafting and making it a legal frame work completely wrong.
            A constitutional assembly or body is fist set up by who ever is in power (mostly it is done by transitional governments) to draft or adopt a constitutional document. Then it can be either put for debate and approval to the transitional parliament which should reflect the entire society (not political parties ) or it can be put for debate and approval to the public as a national referendum.
            There is no write or wrong way of drafting a constitution, it can be done in different ways. I urge you to read how other countries drafted their constitution. Look at India, France, Italy, Costa Rica, USA, etc.
            You said that the Eritrean constitution was prepared by Dr Bereket and his colleagues who where influenced by Communism and the EPLF charter. This comment of yours is either you have a poor understanding of constitution drafting and how the 1997 Eritean constitution was drafted or it is a deliberate distortion.
            In March 1994, the Provisional Government of Eritrea established a Constitutional Commission to draft a new constitution. The drafting authority was the transitional National Assembly, a body consisting of 75 members of the EPLF central committee and 75 representatives elected by regional assemblies.
            In 1995, a global symposium was held in Asmara for the writing of the Constitution of Eritrea. Eritrean representatives worked closely on the legislation with a number of international experts, including Somali scholars Ismail Ali Ismail and Said Sheikh Samatar. The following year, Ismail also helped train senior government officials in the Eritrean capital.
            After 27 months, the resulting constitution was introduced to the National Assembly in 1997. This is the process it went through. And of course Dr Bereket was heading the commission. Some body has to . If you look at India it was Dr Ambedkar who drafted the Constitution with the requisite deliberations and debates in the Constitutional assembly, and the assembly approved it in November 26 1949.
            Your idea that Dr Bereket was influenced by Communism,for me this is total nonsense unless he himself said he was influenced by Communism. And what prove do you have that the 1997 Constitution has comunism influence??
            Your other comment is that Issaias or EPLF had influence on the 1997 constitution . This might be true. I don’t disagree with it. Because they were in power. However what ever Influence they had the Constitution surely didn’t work in favor of Issaias or PFDJ. If the 1997 constitution was in their favour they would have implemented it. The only reason they are refusing to implement it is that the Constitution is not in their favour.
            I would be happy if you could raise few points from the 1997 constitution and explain to me why those points are bad for the people of Eritrean.
            Lastly let me finish by what one American historian said,..
            ” A legitimate constitution depended on whether the sovereign people authorized it, not whether a particular procedure was used ”

            Regards
            Yonas

  • Nitricc

    A few days ago, someone posted a picture of a young man on social media and claimed he was shot and killed in a confrontation with the security officers in Asmara, in an Independence Day ceremony.

    Hey AT; this is a serious deviation from what you are known for quality and accurate news out late. For me, it is a sad day when GN news posts in a front page under “Someone posted” someone? really? Well this kind of new low indicates two thing one AT as opposition are getting desperate, desperate enough to risk the credibleness of GN or they made a huge mistake. I didn’t expect AT to acknowledge or admit to any of my accusation but deep inside they feel what I am saying. You don’t risk GN’s worthiness by toothless hearsay and someone posted mantra. What next, are we going to read in GN, according what Hayat posted? SAD!

    • Saleh Johar

      Nitriccs,
      You are so self absorbed you don’t read properly. The piece is not Gedab, but Negarit. I am individually responsible for it and do not implicate others driven by your wrong perception.

      • Alex

        Hi Saleh,
        That is a good validation for people like me who trust Gedeb news since they cross check any news before reporting it. That is the difference between awate and Assena. Assena will rush to report anything before verifying its accuracy and lose their credibility in the process.

    • Millennium

      Hi Nitric:
      I do not think you have read the piece in its entirety; the article is lamenting the bad culture of rushing to distribute unsubstantiated news

      Millennium

      • Saleh Johar

        Thank you Millenium,
        Anyone can tell Nitric didn’t read the content but jumped his gun after looking at the picture. His fingers was itching to start a fight that is all

    • Hayat Adem

      Nitricc,
      What kind of person are you? How do you form an opinion about a written news without reading it and have the audacity to speak about its credibility? Don’t you care about yourself? And why are you putting in my name for the sake of it? It is incredibly amazing the annoying quality you own.